Michael Novak was born in Los Angeles, and lived in New York City for ten years before moving to Portland in 2007—officially placing him in the category of “person most despised by native-born Portlanders.” Over a 20-year career, he’s been an editorial Art Director at Time Warner and Portland Monthly, as well as an illustrator, designer, animator, and storyboard artist. 

The highlight of Mike’s brief animation career was a year-long stint as a character layout animator on the Fox show King of The Hill, before he decided that drawing Hank Hill all day long was pretty damn boring. After the act of sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring put the kibosh on his freelance illustration career, he discovered design, which he loves.

His duties at Portland Monthly consist of making the magazine look and read awesomely, by designing covers, features, and pretty much anything else. In his free time he likes to sleep.

Home Décor

3 Local Ceramists Show Off Their Envy-Worthy Pieces

From stately planters to chill mugs to one-of-a-kind sake sets, there’s something for everyone.

12:30am By Eden Dawn

Top Shops

Here Are Our Favorite Places for CBD, Edibles, and All Things Cannabis

Looking for the perfect set and setting? Look no further.

05/09/2021 By Portland Monthly Staff

Coffee & Tea

Boba Is So Cheugy. 6 Places to Drink Cheese Tea Instead

Boba is old news. All the cool kids are drinking cheese foam.

05/02/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Oregon Woman

Engineer and Scientist Arlyne Simon Wants to Inspire Children to Go into STEM

"I asked myself ... ‘What can I do to get more girls into science?’"

03/27/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Oregon Woman

Demetria Hester Is the Tough Black Mom the Movement Needs

"I’m a Black mom. I’ll cuss you out and say, ‘Baby, I did it for love.’"

03/27/2021 By Jenni Moore

Oregon Woman

Nafisa Fai Is a Groundbreaker, in More Ways Than One

“We have a right to represent our community, to show the power of diversity. There is nothing scary about representation. There is power in it."

03/27/2021 By Julia Silverman

Food News

The Nikkei Bake Sale This Friday Will Raise Funds for the AAPI Community

Plus, Nightingale and Berlu collab on a new cake to raise funds for APANO this weekend only, and the burger from Le Pigeon returns Friday.

03/25/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Comfort Food

4 Places to Get Amazing Tater Tots

Tater tots are a true Oregon boon. Here's where to try our favorites.

03/24/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food to Go

10 Best Takeout Spots in Portland

Where to get classic cheeseburgers, vegan Sri Lankan street food, briny crab-and-featherback dumpling soup, and more.

03/22/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton and Karen Brooks

Design

3 New Portland Books that Just Look Good

Impress your friends by sporting these new book on your coffee table—but you should also read them too.

03/19/2021 By Marty Patail

Comfort Food

7 Amazing Cake Slices—One for Every Day of the Week

Different days call for different cakes.

03/15/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Restaurants

Chef Umut Matkap Is Bringing a Taste of Turkish Tavern Cuisine to Portland

Grab your rakı glasses and get ready to meyhane at Lokanta.

03/14/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Comfort Food

A Note on Our Spring 2021 Issue Cover

We rarely feature chefs, or faces at all, on our covers. Here's why Thuy Pham is our pick.

03/12/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Comfort Food

Life Got You Down? Food on a Stick Should Do the Trick

The Seoul street food skewers at Ko Sisters are ideal for a little pick-me-up.

03/10/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Best Restaurants

The Best Fried Chicken in Portland

From sandwiches to wings to quarter birds (no tenders allowed), here are PoMo’s picks.

03/05/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food & Drink

Meet the Dream Team at República in Portland's Pearl District

The new Mexican café, wine bar, and restaurant isn’t just about one chef—it’s about collaboration and camaraderie. Plus, a recipe for salsa macha.

03/03/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Honey Bagel Is Portland’s Next Great Boiled Ring

Yes, food critic Karen Brooks is dying on the hill of a pepper-cheese bagel.

03/02/2021 By Karen Brooks

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Division and Clinton

Stress-melting spas, restaurant empires, and Rocky Horror forever

02/25/2021 By Fiona McCann and Margaret Seiler

Where to live now

Neighborhood Guide: Montavilla

Northwest-inspired muffulettas, home improvement tools, and pizza and a movie

02/25/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: St. Johns

Everyone's favorite PDX bridge, homegrown cinema, and a new stop for New Haven–style pizza

02/08/2021 By Margaret Seiler